Former running back and defensive back Ralph Goldston, one of the first African-American players for the Eagles, died Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, the team announced. He was 82.
Goldston played in 27 games for the Eagles from 1952-55 after being selected in the 11th round of the 1952 draft. His best season in the NFL came in 1952 when he ran 65 times for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Goldston also played 10 seasons in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton and Montreal. He helped the Hamilton Tiger Cats earn two Grey Cup championships in 1957 and 1963.
Goldston, a native of Campbell, Ohio, is a member of the Youngstown State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah, one son, Ralph Jr., three daughters, Ursula, Beverly and Monique, and five grandchildren. The funeral will take place on Saturday, July 16 at Sterling McCullough Williams Funeral Home (632 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502).